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25 Strange Animal Facts

Strange Animal Facts

Strange Animal Facts

Weird Facts About Animals

Welcome to the world of strange, but true, animal facts. No one should walk through life without having a few bits of trivia to shower on your family and friends. Committing a handful of these intriguing critter facts to your conversational repertoire is sure to capture the attention of every animal lover you meet.

10 Strange Facts About Sea Creatures

1. If blue is your favorite color, you will be happy to learn that some Lobsters are, in fact, electric blue in color.

2. A long time ago, the bones of cuttlefish were used to make toothpaste. I'm betting they discontinued this practice due to a certain "fishy"—rather than minty—freshness it left on your breath.

3. If you want to impress your friends at a tasting party, you should consider taking a catfish along. They have ten times as many taste buds as humans.

4. You may ask why wild pigs are on a sea creature's list. It is because there is a beach in the Bahamas where you can slather on your sunscreen then go swimming with wild pigs. No kidding!

Glowing Jellyfish

Like these water bubbles, some species of jellyfish glow.

Like these water bubbles, some species of jellyfish glow.

5. Some varieties of jellyfish would be quite handy during an underwater blackout. This is because they glow in the dark.

6. Possibly the best choice for a Valentine's day dinner would be a steamy-hot dish of cockleshells—small saltwater clams—the tiny creatures are heart-shaped, after all. Now that sounds like a real romantic starter!

7. The long snout—technically a tusk—of the narwhal, is used to determine any changes in the weather.

Dolphin Evolution

Dolphins are said to have evolved from early camel and giraffe ancestors.

Dolphins are said to have evolved from early camel and giraffe ancestors.

8. The oceans most intelligent and friendly being well known as being the dolphin. These bright smiling sea dwellers evolved—in attitude as well as intelligence—from early camels and giraffes. Who knew!?

9. Like our agile friend the goat, an octopus has rectangular shaped pupils in its eyes.

10. You would think that a creature named "dogfish" would be the more likely barking species. In actuality, the flesh-eating fish known as "Piranha" is the species of finned beast that sports a dog-like bark. (see video below)

Barking Piranha Fish

Unusual Animal facts Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What is the largest frog species on earth?
    • Giant African glider frog
    • Goliath frog
    • Kermit D. Frog
  2. How long is a girraffe's tongue?
    • About the same as a cow's.
    • About 9 inches.
    • About 18 inches long (with the neck being about 6 feet long).
  3. What do zebras and humans have in common?
    • They eat the same foods.
    • They play the same games.
    • Like human finger prints, a zebra's stripes are one of a kind.
  4. Which of the following critters uses its tail to frighten its enemies?
    • Peacock
    • Rattlesnake
    • Beaver
  5. Can an ostrich fly?
    • No.
    • Yes.
  6. What are the only flying mammals on earth?
    • Squirrels
    • Bats
    • Monkeys
  7. Which of these animals would you most likely use as transportation in the desert?
    • Dromedary Camel
    • Arabian Oryx
    • Grevy's Zebra
  8. How many teeth do most lions have?
    • 28
    • 56
    • 30
  9. Why are Flamingos pink?
    • They are born from pink eggs.
    • The color of the shrimp or crustaceans they eat is pink.
    • They are shy birds, so they turn pink when blushing.
  10. How many vertebrae make up a giraffe's neck?
    • 15
    • 24
    • 7, the same as a human.

Answer Key

  1. Goliath frog
  2. About 18 inches long (with the neck being about 6 feet long).
  3. Like human finger prints, a zebra's stripes are one of a kind.
  4. Rattlesnake
  5. No.
  6. Bats
  7. Dromedary Camel
  8. 30
  9. The color of the shrimp or crustaceans they eat is pink.
  10. 7, the same as a human.

Big Red Spider

Spiders are closer to you than you may think!

Spiders are closer to you than you may think!

10 Wierd Land Animal Facts

1. Arachnophobes are sure to find this a hard fact to face; but you are probably never more than 6-feet away from a spider at any given time.

2. Not only one of the largest land mammals, elephants certainly can hold their own on the water, too. These huge pachyderms can swim for as many as six hours in a single stretch.

3. If you need the most milk from your cows, turn on the tunes. A study shows cows give more milk when listening to classical music.

4. The odd, but huge, giant anteater can be 6 feet in length. The strange fact about this critter is that its mouth is only about the size of a plump cranberry.

5. Almost everyone has heard of carpenter ants. But, did you know some wasps actually use tiny rocks as hammers when building their nests?

Snail Slime Lotion

Snail slime is a great moisturizer!

Snail slime is a great moisturizer!

6. Gross, but true; snail slime can be used to soften skin. (Yuck, not in a million years!)

7. A sloth has a lot more to worry about than just being on time... what with about 1,000 busy beetles living in its fur most of the time! Sounds creepy...

8. A horse never breathes through its mouth unless it is experiencing an emergency; all other times, it breaths through its nose.

9. A giraffe sleeps about 1½ hours a day.

10. A tiny water spider—argyroneta aquaticaspins a silk bubble that stores oxygen. It can breath and consume its prey under water using the bubble for up to 24-hours. (See video below)

Water Spider (Argyroneta Aquatica) Building An Oxygen Bell

Cat Tongue Hooks

Cats have hooks on their tongue. This is the reason cat tongues feel so rough.

Cats have hooks on their tongue. This is the reason cat tongues feel so rough.

5 Amazing Critter facts

1. That rough feeling of a cat's tongue is caused by tiny hooks that are used for grooming its fur. Up close, these hooks are quite an unexpected discovery.

2. Use caution when handling your pet rat. These abundant rodents are very ticklish!

3. A Guinea pig will jump straight up in the air when it gets excited.

4. Keep your fingers crossed, because you may be lucky enough to be the 1 in 1,000 humans who cannot sense the musky scented spray of a skunk.

5. 99.9% of your DNA is the same as every other person on earth. But, that .1% variable is equal to more than three million differences between your genomes and any other human in the world.

What You Think Really Does Matter!

Comments for "25 Strange Animal Facts"

Stephanie from Canada on June 15, 2020:

Some seriously cool facts on here! Very interesting :)

Julie K Henderson on May 03, 2015:

This is a fun, worthwhile hub. I was unaware a few unlucky individuals cannot smell the spray of a skunk. I'll have to remember this the next time there is a lull in any conversation I'm having. Voted up.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 11, 2013:

I enjoyed these assorted animal facts, especially knowing how close spiders are and the shape of octopus pupils. Who knew? Thanks for the entertainment!

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on March 08, 2013:

That spider fact made me jump a little. Hehe. What a cool hub. I loved learning quite a few new things. K9 you're awesome!

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on January 21, 2013:

I love learning new trivia. I am not quite happy about being so close to a spider at all times. Great collections of odd animal facts.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on January 19, 2013:

I love learning anything new about animals. The poor giraffe! I don't know how any animals can get by on such little sleep! There are many facts here I was not aware of, great information! Voted up and interesting! :)

tebo from New Zealand on January 18, 2013:

Lots of interesting facts here. I do enjoy learning this sort of thing. The dolphin surprises me as does the poor old giraffe with only an hour and a half of sleep a day. Great hub.

Suzie from Carson City on January 18, 2013:

K9...Your Title speaks the truth. These are strange, but very interesting and useful facts. I do love trivia and it always amazes me how many millions of trivia facts there are. We can learn new and different things every single day. This is a great read, filled with things the average Joe simply doesn't know. Thanks so much for this. Now, how do I file these and try to stuff them into my poor brain?? LOL

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on January 18, 2013:

Being close to spiders is a revelation. I'm not fond of the weirdos. I hate scorpions even more (they are in the arachnid family).

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 18, 2013:

Thanks for making me run late -- could not pull away. Really cool. But I have to tell you Kermit is bigger than a Goliath ;-0

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on January 17, 2013:

I didn't know any of these! Thank you for this.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 17, 2013:

This was fun read. It is always fun to read these unexpected little bits of information. Who knows..they may come in handy some day if I am on a show that asks trivia questions.

Thanks for sharing.

Sending Angels your way :) ps

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on January 17, 2013:

Very informative hub. I learn something new here and I had never heard about this before. I also enjoy the video. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

Prasetio

Gustave Kilthau from USA on January 17, 2013:

Hi "K9K" -

Good show here. Makes a person wonder how many pieces of paper it might take to describe all of the world's critters.

Gus :-)))

carol stanley from Arizona on January 17, 2013:

Enjoyed reading this and find it fun sometimes to learn new things. Thanks for sharing.